Alexander Motor Inn & Apartments Melbourne

980 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon, , Victoria, 3040, Australia
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New Years Eve Dinner around Fed Square

by lovinoz

We're staying close to Fed Square on New Years Eve. Any suggestions for a good restaurant for dinner that evening? If so, should we make a reservation? Probably looking for something under $100 for 2 people, so not over the top expensive (besides those places are probably already fully booked).

Re: New Years Eve Dinner around Fed Square

by sirgaw

Area around Fed Sq will be pedestrian only on NY eve, so where ever you eat needs to be walking distance - maybe Little Bourke Street and choose one of the Asian restaurants there. Between Swanston and Russell Streets they tend to be chaeper, Russell - Exhibition more pricey. Forget South Bank as everything will be booked out.

As you have a big days drive to Apollo Bay on Thurs, maybe get back to accom just after fireworks on Yarra/Fed Square.

Re: New Years Eve Dinner around Fed Square

by nattybabe

I just want to expand on the last answer... there are 2 sets of fireworks on NYE on the Yarra near Fed Square - 9pm and midnight. It gets EXTREMELY busy from around 6pm so be prepared for some serious traffic getting into the city after your Great Ocean Road trip. I would perhaps try China Town for some cheap and good food (Little Bourke Street anywhere from Swanston Street onwards). The atmosphere will be good there. Perhaps have a walk around the previous day, find a good spot and make a reservation to avoid having to wait for an hour.

OR, pack a picnic, catch a tram down St Kilda Road (or walk!) to the botanical gardens. You can see the fireworks very well from the Shrine of Rememberance and it's a whole less busy than anywhere near Fed Square. Check this, but if you want some wine or beer, the gardens will be better as the whole Yarra area is a no drinking zone (ourdoors) on NYE.

Good luck and have fun in my Melbourne!

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Conservatory, Fairies Tree and Cook's cottage

by iandsmith

Located in Fitzroy Gardens - 26.1 hectares (or 35 and even over 40 if you believe other sites) of lush parkland at the northern end of the CBD and also the resting place of Melbourne's earliest pioneers.
This is a shot of the statue of Diana the Huntress outside the Conservatory.
Depicting Diana, the goddess of mood and contemplation and two hounds, this full-length bronze sculpture replaced a cement statue copied from 'Diana' held in the Vatican.
William Leslie Bowles was the maker and A.B Brunton of London the founder.
It was erected in a pool in front of Conservatory at a cost of 750 pounds and unveiled by Lord Mayor Cr Coles on September 4, 1940. The lily pond was constructed especially for this work.
Then there's Captain Cook's Cottage. Captain Cook, for those of you who don't know, was one of the great explorers of the 18th century. On his third major voyage around the world he was speared to death by natives in Hawaii.
The Cottage originally stood on an extremity of the village of Great Ayton, Yorkshire. Cook's father who had gone to Great Ayton from Marton to be a "hind" or bailiff on Thomas Skottowe's farm, Airey Holme, either built, rebuilt or bought it in 1755.
From the date 1755 and the initials (those of James and Grace, Cook's mother and father) over the doorway which is apparently older than the rest of the cottage, it would seem that the cottage was rebuilt, and not originally built by Cook's father when he bought it.
It actually is only a stone's throw from the Conservatory.
A Melbourne showpiece, Fitzroy Gardens boasts other historic and botanic treasures apart from the flower-filled conservatory. It also has a 150-year-old avenue of magnificent elms, a miniature Tudor village and a fairy tree. One of the greatest attractions for children (let's be honest, and parents!) is the Fairies' Tree - Ola Cohn's Fairies Tree to be specific, comprising a series of lovely coloured carvings on the stump of one of the original Red Gum trees in the Fitzroy Gardens, well over 300 years in age.
From 1931 to May 1934 - Victoria's Centenary Year - Miss Cohn worked on the delightful likenesses of fairies, dwarfs, gnomes, a marvelous jackass, koalas, flying foxes and a host of typical Australian animals and birds. She used all the natural irregularities and curves to transform the tree trunk into a thing of beauty.
Her intentions are best described in the foreword to her book, "The Fairies Tree", inscribed on the tree's plaque :
"I have carved in a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens for you, and the fairies, but mostly for the fairies and those who believe in them, for they will understand how necessary it is to have a fairy sanctuary - a place that is sacred and safe as a home should be to all living creatures."
The carvings were done years after the death of the tree and so the problem of the trunk's preservation presented a problem. In 1977, the trunk was extracted from the ground for chemical treatment and the removal of rotted wood, and during the process, a mummified brush tail possum over 40 years old was found perfectly preserved within the trunk. The tree was remounted on a concrete base to prolong its life.
The council currently is very concerned about the leaving of money at the tree as it is causing damage, however slowly, and is the sugject of a hot debate.
Access is gained from Lansdowne Street, Clarendon Street and Wellington Parade.

The city

by iandsmith

This is one view of Melbourne you will be able to relate to. Anyone who had spent a day in the CBD manages to get to the vicinity of Flinders St. Station.
The dark part in the middle of the picture is where train commuters spill out onto the footpath in their thousands each day with the colourful eating houses of Federation Square tempting them in the foreground.
In the background is Rialto Tower, Melbourne's tallest building, where you can catch a lift and see the city and well beyond from the highest vantage point; for a small fee of course.

Melbourne also has its' own...

by sczabeti

Melbourne also has its' own version of Chinatown where I experienced the cultural diversity similar to that which I'm used to in Sydney. The festival made me more anxious to see the oriental wonders of Japan, where my travels will take me later this year. I fell in love with this wonderful city and I'm sure you will too!

Melbourne Cup- The race that stops a nation

by RedEaredPanda

At 2:50pm on the first Tuesday in November, the whole country tunes in.
People that have no interest in horse racing have a bet.Belive me its true ( Speaking for myself) School children are allowed home early to watch it on TV.
The entire state of Victoria has a holiday. Flemington, where the race is held, is a heaving glut of champagne, funny hats, colourful dresses, jockeys, punters, beautiful people, ugly people, normal looking people and those who are sort of non-descript – aka everybody.

At least 150,000 people get to the track, and the same happens at every suburban and metropolitan race-track in the whole country.

Australians go mad for ‘The Cup’, everyone becomes an expert and sweepstakes are held in offices, pubs, clubs, classrooms and parliament houses around the country.

Collingwood Melbourne Page Two

by cassiejoy42

Our trip to the Collingwood Community Centre was awesome as all the art work that we saw had been done by the local residents.

It is worth a trip to Collingwood - but it might be good to go during the week because I don't know if the whole place is open during the weekend. The residents of the local public housing estate may not like people traipsing around in their private parks during the weekend. We were given a guided tour.

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 Alexander Motor Inn & Apartments Melbourne

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Address: 980 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon, , Victoria, 3040, Australia